Is social networking risking your friendships?
Are you careless about what you post online, resulting in offending those close to you? Take our quiz to find out if social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook could be causing problems in your friendships.
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1. Your friend asks if you want to go to a movie, but you’d rather stay home so you say you’ve already got plans. When it comes to social networking, you:
a) Are careful not to say anything that could bust you.
b) Continue chatting to other peeps as normal. Your friend won’t really check up on you, will she?
c) Remove yourself from social networking sites for the night so she doesn’t see where you are.
2. You’ve got some cool (somewhat embarrassing) pics of you and your mates on your cell phone. Do you post them on Facebook?
a) Hell yeah!
b) You check with your mates first.
c) No, some things have gotta stay private.
3. You spot your friend’s boyfriend flirting with some chick on Facebook. What do you do?
a) Post a nasty comment on his wall.
b) Tell your friend immediately.
c) Suss it out and put it in context before jumping to conclusions.
4. You notice your friend gossiping on Twitter about your mutual mate. What do you do?
a) Retweet her comment for your mate to see. That’ll teach her!
b) Ask her privately what’s going on.
c) Tell your mate and gang up on her.
5. You have a fight with your friend then you’re tempted to write something about your miff mood on Facebook. Do you?
a) No, you stay away from it.
b) Hell yeah. You write details about the fight and everything.
c) You might write a mystic status about how people annoy you that’s open to interpretation.
1. a2 b3 c1
2. a3 b2 c1
3. a3 b2 c1
4. a3 b1 c2
5. a1 b3 c2
Social site savvy
You are sorted when it comes to keeping your life and social networking sites private. You know that your friends can see all your activity on such sites and you’re sensitive about what you post in case it affects them. This is good if you think of how easily things can be misinterpreted online.
Think before you tweet
Generally you seem to take your friends into consideration when dealing with the virtual world. For instance, you’ll be sure to tag them in pics on Facebook if they’re cool with it. Other times, though, you might get a little caught up in the fact that social networking gives you the chance to say what you really feel because you can type whatever you want on screen. However, bear in mind that every interaction has a consequence. Think before you tweet!
Log out fast!
Uh-oh. Sometimes you have the tendency to let rip on social media. You say what you feel and think, and you don’t really care what others will say. Although it’s cool to go all out with your self-expression, bear in mind that you’re dealing with real people and real feelings, not just avatars. Make it a rule that you save anything too close to real life for those good old fashioned face-to-face conversations, okay? That way you’ll stay out of the firing line.